SEPTEMBER 2012

  Vanderbilt University

Class of 2016 arrives on campus

Upperclassmen helped Vanderbilt's newest residents, members of the Class of 2016, move into The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons on Aug. 18. See highlights of the day in this VUCast video and Storify collection of social media posts. Full story »

Zeppos offers bright outlook for Vanderbilt

Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos praised the Vanderbilt community's commitment to excellence, diversity, acceptance and creativity during the Fall Faculty Assembly on Aug. 23, and offered a bright outlook for Vanderbilt's future in his latest message about the state of the university. Full story »

VUMC announces Cookeville Regional affiliation

VUMC Reporter—Vanderbilt University Medical Center has announced an affiliation agreement with Cookeville Regional Medical Center that will create significant opportunities for both parties to work together to expand the scope of health care services in Tennessee's Putnam County and Upper Cumberland region. Full story »


News from the Vanderbilt Alumni Association

Register for Reunion

Reconnect with friends and classmates Oct. 25–27 and enjoy exciting activities, including class-sponsored educational events, Reunion class parties, and the Homecoming tailgate and game. Check the Reunion website for details and to register.
Vanderbilt Reunion -- October 25-27, 2012 -- Come back | Give back

Help recruit the Class of 2017

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions needs your help in recruiting the next great class of students to Vanderbilt. Enroll in Commodore Recruitment Programs (CoRPs) to represent the university at college fairs and to interview first-year applicants.

Make an impact through VUconnect

Make a big impact without a big time commitment by volunteering to become an alumni career advisor on VUconnect. Or post a job opportunity on the site for other alumni to view. (Non-alumni can post jobs by filling out this form.) Email Kate Stuart with questions.

Follow the Commodores to Georgia and Missouri

The Vanderbilt Alumni Association and National Commodore Club invite all Vanderbilt fans to tailgates at the Sept. 22 game against Georgia in Athens and at the Oct. 6 game against Missouri in Columbia. The tailgates will take place two hours before kickoff at both locations. For more information visit the Commodore Tailgate Tour page.

Find Vanderbilt events at a chapter near you

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Austin, Texas
Charlotte, N.C.
Huntsville, Ala.
Kansas City, Mo.
Los Angeles
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N.C. Triangle
New Orleans
New York City
San Diego
San Francisco
St. Louis
Twin Cities (Minn.)

Click here for the current calendar of all events planned in your area, and check back frequently.

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From the Campus

Rev. Mark ForresterForrester named university chaplain, director of religious life

The Rev. Mark Forrester, an affiliated United Methodist chaplain and campus minister at Vanderbilt, has been named university chaplain and director of the Office of Religious Life, which serves to educate the student body by raising ethical questions and issues of value and character. Full story »

Flores co-develops U.S. Supreme Court brief

Stella Flores, assistant professor of public policy and higher education, is one of 21 researchers nationwide who co-developed an amicus brief summarizing key research on affirmative action in anticipation of the case Fisher v. University of Texas, scheduled to go before the U.S. Supreme Court in October. Full story »

New course to help aspiring Nashville songwriters

Odie Blackmon, a Grammy-nominated songwriter responsible for No. 1 hits by George Strait and others, is teaching a new class this fall at the Blair School of Music—Nashville Number System for Songwriters/Performers—which will help students learn the Music Row ropes. Full story »
Odie Blackmon

Initiative aims to boost healthy vending options

VUMC Reporter—Vanderbilt University Medical Center is planning to replace 50 percent of its current vending options during the next two years with healthy choices like protein bars, carrot sticks, vitamin waters and nuts. Full story »

Mary McClure TaylorTaylor, beloved Vanderbilt receptionist, dies

Mary McClure Taylor, BA'52, the beloved Vanderbilt receptionist who left a lasting impression on generations of students and others who visited Kirkland Hall, died Aug. 5 at age 81 after a short illness. She had served Vanderbilt 57 years. Full story »

Ann Scott CarellCarell remembered as champion of Vanderbilt

VUMC Reporter—Ann Scott Carell, BS'57, who with her husband, the late Monroe Carell Jr., was a longtime philanthropic supporter of Vanderbilt, died Aug. 20 after a short illness. She was 77. Full story »

Nora Tyson

Vanderbilt for life | Distinguished Alumni Award

Tyson to receive Distinguished Alumni Award

Rear Adm. Nora Tyson, BA'79, vice director of the Joint Staff and first female commander of a U.S. Navy carrier strike group, is the recipient of the highest honor for a member of the Vanderbilt alumni community: the Distinguished Alumni Award. Full story »


Vanderbilt in the News


Device mimics brain to test drug therapies

USA Today—Vanderbilt has received a $2.1 million grant to develop a "microbrain" as part of a $70 million initiative by the National Institutes of Health to solve brain-function mysteries related to obesity, Alzheimer's disease, epilepsy and viral infections. Full story »

Vanderbilt named to Green Honor Roll

Green College Honor Roll -- The Princeton Review The Princeton Review—Vanderbilt has been named to the 2013 Green Honor Roll in this publication's fifth annual green ratings, which measure the environmental friendliness of 806 institutions nationwide on a scale of 60 to 99. Vanderbilt is one of only 21 universities to receive the highest possible score of 99. Full story »

High-flying technology to map Peruvian ruins

BBC News—Steven Wernke, assistant professor of anthropology, and Julie Adams, associate professor of computer science and computer engineering, are conducting test flights in Peru of an unmanned aerial vehicle designed to map archaeological sites. Full story »

Vanderbilt ranks 19th in best value

Kiplinger—Vanderbilt ranks 19th on this list of best values among private colleges and universities. Full story »


VUCast: Star power?

  • Research about celebrity endorsements
  • Football fan frenzy
  • A space odyssey of your own

VUCast: Through the wormhole

  • Vanderbilt on Morgan Freeman's show
  • Rating political attack ads
  • VU hand signs from around the globe

research news @ Vanderbilt

Little evidence supports autism treatment options in adolescents

VUMC Reporter—Vanderbilt researchers studying interventions for adolescents and young adults with autism are reporting insufficient evidence to support findings, good or bad, for the therapies currently used. Full story »

Attack ad earns Romney points among independents

One of Mitt Romney's latest campaign commercials against President Barack Obama seems to be resonating among independent voters, according to data from the Vanderbilt/YouGov Ad Rating Project, an initiative that lets the public evaluate political ads. Full story »

Vanderbilt to partner with Lipscomb on dual degree program

VUMC Reporter—A new cooperative program between Vanderbilt and Lipscomb University's College of Pharmacy is focusing on the next generation of pharmaceutical researchers by offering a pathway for students to earn both a doctor of pharmacy degree and a Ph.D. Full story »

Largest 3-D map of the universe released to public

The Sloan Digital Sky Survey III, an international consortium of two dozen universities including Vanderbilt, has unveiled the largest-ever three-dimensional map of the universe, which contains images of 200 million galaxies. Full story »


Sports News

Panu's perseverance rewarded

A video, in which Head Football Coach James Franklin gives senior walk-on fullback Marc Panu a full scholarship after praising him for his effort in practice, has become an Internet sensation with more than 375,000 views on YouTube. Full story »

Fundraising goal met for multipurpose facility

Vanderbilt has met its fundraising goal for the construction of a new multipurpose facility and addition to its recreation center. The more than $30 million project is being funded by a combination of philanthropy and university investment. Full story »

'Game Changer' marketing campaign unveiled

Vanderbilt has unveiled a new marketing campaign, which declares the university's determination to be a game changer both on and off the playing field. The campaign will appear in television commercials, on billboards and elsewhere starting this September. Full story »
This is a game changer


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